I just came back from another long hike on Spout Path.

To properly enjoy a hike like this, you have to be in excellent shape, and while I’m certainly getting there, I’m not quite there just yet. At the end of hikes like these I’m often exhausted, walking like a zombie for the last few kilometres, especially when I’m lugging around my heavy camera equipment. Still, I immensely enjoy all the wildlife and the spectacular scenery along the way, so I’ve decided I’ll just have to push on, and that will get me in shape.

Today I started out on Shoal Bay Road at 9 AM and arrived the Spout trailhead after 90 minutes. Gone were the snow and ice, but the water on the trail was still there in quantity and there was no way of getting past it without getting my feet wet:

Wet access trail – Shoal Bay Road

On Spout Path, the Queens River bridge was my first stop and I immediately spotted an otter in the water! Since I came prepared for scenic photography instead of wildlife photography I didn’t have a long lens with me, meaning the otter in this picture is just a tiny speck in the water. It was a pure joy watching it though:

River otter below Queens River – Spout Path

In Newfoundland all otters are river otters but this one was swimming in the sea. It didn’t take notice of me at all and was just doing its thing in the clear blue water and sunshine.

Next stop was the Spout itself, the cone of snow and ice from last month was gone, allowing me to get much closer to study the ‘mechanics’ of this blowhole. A small stream of water flows into the blowhole and every ten seconds or so a furious roar can be heard from below, just before the Spout violently expels a fine spray of freshwater droplets:

The last time I was at the Spout it wasn’t nearly as active, I remember the eruptions being much less prolific with perhaps only one proper blast every few minutes.

My final destination of today’s hike was Sea Stack Cove where a tall sea stack watches over the ocean, complete with a little patch of forest on top:

Sea stack, near the Landing Place – Spout Path

Even on a cloudy day, you can see Spout Path has some amazing scenery, it’s just too bad you have to walk 12 km to see it (and back again). I’m seriously considering getting a tent so I can camp near this sea stack next time.

Because of the unseasonably high temperature today (18°), I was out of drinking water before I even reached the turn-around point of my hike. I had brought three bottles with me but I was thirsty for more, which is why I had to refill them several times in the streams I crossed along the way. I probably should have filtered it first but I knew that not drinking would have floored me for sure.

Free refills – Spout Path

On the way back to the car I saw 7 snowshoe hares and 1 ruffed grouse, they helped me keep my spirits up until I reached the car at 8 PM, after an exhausting 11 hour 24 km hike.